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The Plutocratic Banana Republic of Zerentopia

“The time to buy is when there's blood in the streets” King CEO President Johan Liebert

Category: Compulsory Consumerist State
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: the Rejected Realms

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Zerentopia

Population9.374 billion

CapitalCentral City
LeaderKing CEO President Johan Liebert
FaithMoney

CurrencyBrax
AnimalPhoenix

The Plutocratic Banana Republic of Zerentopia is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by King CEO President Johan Liebert with an iron fist, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, complete lack of public education, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 9.374 billion Zerentopians are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Central City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Zerentopian economy, worth a remarkable 4,269 trillion Braxes a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Information Technology, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an amazing 455,457 Braxes, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,305,860 per year while the poor average 126,389, a ratio of 10.3 to 1.

Foreign governments are looking into weaponizing the infamous Zerentopian bee, suspicious glow-in-the-dark wasps remain a source of terror and awe, economists have been named Invertebrates of the Year, and Zerentopia Barrier Island residents anxiously await their 'Bridge to Somewhere'. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Zerentopia's national animal is the Phoenix, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Money.

Zerentopia is ranked 205,329th in the world and 5,678th in the Rejected Realms for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 5.88 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

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1%
Largest Retail Industry: 46thFattest Citizens: 104thMost Avoided: 118thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 135thMost Corrupt Governments: 154thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 157thHighest Disposable Incomes: 160thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 210thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 212thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 219thLargest Mining Sector: 263rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 270thLargest Insurance Industry: 296thMost Efficient Economies: 303rdLargest Gambling Industry: 304thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 325thHighest Average Incomes: 440thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 448thLargest Agricultural Sector: 618thMost Valuable International Artwork: 791stRudest Citizens: 942ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,139thMost Devout: 1,157thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,219thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,276thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,618thTop
5%
Highest Economic Output: 2,394thMost Armed: 2,416thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,553rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,593rdMost Influential: 2,780thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,020thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,713thLargest Governments: 4,860thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,332ndHighest Poor Incomes: 6,141stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,942ndLowest Crime Rates: 7,186thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,630thTop
10%
Largest Black Market: 12,404thMost Ignorant Citizens: 14,556th
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1%
Largest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 6th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 8th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 9th in the regionMost Avoided: 9th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 10th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 12th in the regionMost Influential: 13th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 14th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 14th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 14th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 15th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 16th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 16th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 21st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 29th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 29th in the regionMost Devout: 30th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 32nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 34th in the regionRudest Citizens: 35th in the regionTop
5%
Highest Economic Output: 65th in the regionMost Armed: 68th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 68th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 95th in the regionLargest Governments: 129th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 130th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 137th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 161st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 175th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 219th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 244th in the regionTop
10%
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 303rd in the regionLargest Populations: 501st in the regionLargest Black Market: 527th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 539th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Zerentopia, Zerentopia Barrier Island residents anxiously await their 'Bridge to Somewhere'.
  • : Following new legislation in Zerentopia, economists have been named Invertebrates of the Year.
  • : Following new legislation in Zerentopia, suspicious glow-in-the-dark wasps remain a source of terror and awe.
  • : Zerentopia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Zerentopia, foreign governments are looking into weaponizing the infamous Zerentopian bee.
  • : Following new legislation in Zerentopia, prime picnicking sites are being paved over in the name of progress.
  • : Following new legislation in Zerentopia, the military invades any neighboring nation with the gall to criticize its policies.
  • : Following new legislation in Zerentopia, police pull people off the street for even mentioning the word plane.
  • : Following new legislation in Zerentopia, the government response to disaster victims starving for bread is "let them eat stale cake".
  • : Following new legislation in Zerentopia, blind students are at a disadvantage now that test papers printed in braille have been discontinued.

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